McAllister Picnic Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

McAllister Trail view

In 1930, Bob McAllister established this area as a mining claim and home site. There is evidence of a dam which was designed to collect water for his house and orchard. Some fruit trees he planted are still there. The Forest Service acquired the land in 1968 and created the McAllister Recreation Site in 1969. A 2-1/4 mile Interpretive Trail is available across the road from the picnic area. It climbs in a switchback style formation into the Earthquake Basin for awesome views of the picturesque South Fork Clearwater River Valley.

At a Glance

Reservations: Picnic area is non-reservable.
Fees No Fee.
Open Season: Year-round
Restrictions: Garbage services not available. Pack It In, Pack It Out.
Closest Towns: Grangeville, Idaho
Water: No drinking water provided
Restroom: 1 Vault facility
Information Center: Salmon River Ranger District, 208-839-2211

General Information

Directions: From the east end of Grangeville, turn south on the Grangeville Salmon Road and turn left at the drive-in theater toward the small town Mt. Idaho. Continue on the Mt. Idaho Grade, and junction with State Highway 14 headed toward Elk City. McAllister picnic area is 12 miles east of Grangeville on State Highway 14.

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McAllister Picnic Area is 12 miles east of Grangeville on State Highway 14. There is evidence of a long ago homestead with remnants of a house and some fruit trees still existing. There are picnic tables and a toilet at this site and a trail to the river. You will find a 1 mile trail across Highway 14 winding up the hillside to Earthquake Basin. You may find small numbered signs which correspond to a trail guide found at the Nez Perce National Forest Headquarters office in Grangeville.
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